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A unique and exciting 5-star waterfowl adventure awaits you in the tundra along Hudson Bay’s mysterious coastline. Share this wilderness realm with polar bears but also immense concentrations of Lesser Snow, Blue, Ross and Canada geese at their source! Spring or fall seasons are both catered to either in the vicinity of Gillam or Churchill Manitoba. This internationally renowned migratory bird staging area is also referred to as “Polar Bear Capital of the World”! Tundra Buggy Bear tours, examining Inuit artifacts or kayaking among pods of Beluga whales are all exciting side ventures to consider before or after your hunt. This might be Canada’s northernmost waterfowl outfitter, where your decoy spread is the first and only one the birds will see! At 50 geese, per hunter per day (and no possession limit) you owe it to yourself to come and experience the finest snow goose hunting along the Arctic coastline
Geese arrive in waves. Canada’s, white and blue phase lesser snow’s as well as Ross’s geese come and go the tens of thousands. With no trees, wires or other hunting pressure they skim along the ground, at times and so close you can feel them cut the air with their wings besides amongst the defending sound of their calls. Keep sharp eyes out of bands or neck collars, especially on adult birds since extensive banding programs and research occurs among goose nesting colonies here in the east Arctic. It’s something every avid waterfowl hunter must experience at least once in their lifetime! Hunt either spring or fall seasons, each being slightly different. Both however offer excellent accommodations at lodges that also cater to ecotourism. Ever wanted to walk with polar bears and photograph them?
Spring – This is a “white goose” only season, established as a special conservation measure to reduce the ever growing Lesser Snow goose population in the western Hudson Bay watershed. Do your part for conservation! Up to 50 white geese can be harvested daily, per hunter, with unpressured, ‘in-your-face’ action! Nearly half of North Americas lesser snow & blue geese nest and mirage through the Hudson Bay lowlands, naturally passing within striking range of our goose camps. We hunt the borders of the staging grounds where the birds feed aggressively. Decoys are expertly placed, and natural blinds are constructed on the spot using stunted spruce and willow bushes, to ensure you are in the best possible location for the day’s hunts. Enjoy working low flying flocks of geese in patchy snow covered tundra with the only waterfowl outfitter in the region. It’s an area where geese least expect any hunting pressure. All the ingredients for world class wing-shooting can be found here, in this barren, beautiful landscape full of excitement and mystery.
Fall – During fall seasons, both white and dark geese are open, as well as ducks. Species include; White and blue phase lesser snow geese, Ross, various Canada geese, as well as ducks like Mallards, Pintail, Widgeon, Green-winged Teal, Scaup and Scoters. Snow geese make up the bulk of the wing shooting however. The lodges and hunting grounds are located along the northern edge of both the Central and Mississippi Flyways, concentrating millions of migrating waterfowl annually. Many stop to rest to refuel along the mudflats and lowlands of western Hudson Bay. This offers those few lucky hunters to essentially be the FIRST to pursue these birds of anyone else on the continent. Have the opportunity to ‘limit out’ on a full selection of species, all in an awe-inspiring environment. Inquire about our exciting 8 day waterfowl and caribou hunting combo packages!
Hunting is conducted either inland, on a series of tundra ponds or vegetated flats where geese tend to feed and loaf. Other times coastal areas are targeted, hunting brushy willows patches along beach heads, adjacent to expansive tidal mud flats. Standing water makes up much of the tundra landscape, and chest or hip waders, or tall waterproof boots are recommended. Temperatures tend to hover around the freezing mark and generally make for pleasant hunting conditions. Stormy days, high winds and unseasonably warm or cold weather extremes can always appear unexpectedly. Spring hunts tend to be cooler & wetter, at times with partial snow cover. Fall hunts are more likely to be somewhat dryer and warmer. The region is generally barren, yet many ripples in the landscape can hide loafing birds, caribou and polar bears!
Truly this hunt offers some of the most luxurious and comfortable accommodations available in the Canadian north. Our outfitter also caters to a more an urban eco-tourist audience, conducting Arctic Safaris outside of the hunting season. Two separate, strategically placed lodges host either the spring or fall hunts. Both are rustic yet fully modern and with all amenities. Large scale renovations were completed in 2012, and are sure to impress. These large and spacious lodges can accommodate sizable groups or even corporate parties. To top it off, they are situated in some of the most fertile and wildlife rich regions of the east Arctic where guests can admire and photograph the multitudes of migrating animals from camp, such as Waterfowl, Shorebirds, Caribou, Belugas and Polar bears to name a few. A tall, impenetrable bear fence surrounds each lodge, allowing you some up close encounters and photographs with wild Polar Bears! Feet away yet in complete safety brings this northern adventure hunt to new heights!
Travel – Winnipeg Manitoba services all major airlines, and is the best jump off point for this hunt. From Winnipeg, hunters must travel to Gillam or Churchill Manitoba, at which point round trip float plane service will shuttle hunters to and from the goose hunting lodges – included in the package price. Gillam is accessible by road, and is approximately 12 hours drive north from Winnipeg. Churchill has no road access however. Flight to Gillam or Churchill can be made from Winnipeg though Calm Air (www.calmair.com/fleet.html), and a final option is an overnight train.
Baggage – For the float plane charter service, hunters are permitted at total of 50 lbs of baggage which should included a duffle bag, a day pack or blind bag, as well as your shotgun in a sock or soft case. Rigid gun cases are discouraged and cumbersome in the smaller bush planes, but required on commercial flights however.
Ammunition – Commercial flights limit the amount of ammunition you can travel with. This is both due to weight and policy or border restrictions. The outfitter can pre-order ammunition for you however, where it will be waiting for you in camp. This service requires 60 days notification prior to your arrival. One (1) to two (2) cases of shotgun shells are recommended per hunter. Costs will be added to your invoice and payment for the ammunition is required before your hunt.
Limited basis – Minimum group of 8 – includes Air Charter from Gillam or Churchill Manitoba,
Polar Bear Capital of the World!
Global Sporting Safaris accepts payment by business check and personal check, as well as by Bitcoin. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard credit card payments are also accepted, but they do incur a surcharge of 3.5% in addition to the price listed in our Spring Snow Goose Hunts above.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot. In some cases, we can split your deposit into 3 payments, please inquire. Global Sporting Safaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be sighed and returned. All hunts are in U.S. dollars. Final 50% payment is due no less than 75 days prior to your hunt date. Trips booked within 75 days of arrival require payment in full. Total costs of the hunt are fixed. There will be no refunds for any hunter leaving early. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.
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